Warming Vegetable Curry

Add 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped carrot and two stalks of celery, chopped, to large high sided skillet or soup pan. Sauté until onions soften.

Chop a bunch of broccoli, separating florets from chopped stems. Chop 1 cup of cauliflower into small florets.

Gather 1/2 cup of red lentils, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of coconut milk and 1T of curry powder.

Add the chopped cauliflower and stems of broccoli to the pan along with the tomatoes, lentils and curry. Fill the tomato can 1/2 full with water and add to the pan and stir everything together. Then add the can of coconut milk. Full fat or lite can be used.

Stir together and bring to a simmer, cook uncovered for about 15 minutes. Then add the broccoli florets and cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. The lentils and vegetable should be tender. When the vegetables are tender stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and serve!! This fills the kitchen with a warm curry aroma and tastes fantastic.

Stuffed Greens

There are so many creative fillings that can be used to stuff greens or make green wraps. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Hummus – store bought or make your own veggie style with this recipe
  • Spiced nut / seed butters – see this recipe and layer on the chopped veggies
  • Cashew Macadamia Cheese – Here, add sliced peppers and cucumber
  • Equal parts, chopped avocado and mango, sprinkled with a little rice vinegar
  • Any leftover grain salads

That’s just to get you started. Create your own and make a wrap using lettuce, cabbage, collards and Swiss chard. Each one has its own nutritional profile, so to get the best overall nutrition, its good to have variety with the greens and fillings.

Roasted Chimichurri Bowl

This is a nice collection of roasted vegetables with a grain that is topped with creamy chimichurri herb sauce and avocado. You can make it your own by varying the roasted vegetables and grain.

I used brown Jasmine rice, Portabella mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion, garlic, rainbow carrots, and kale.

Cook rice by combining 1 cup of rice per 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and then cover and lower temperature to low and simmer for 35 minutes. Strain off extra liquid.  To roast the vegetables, cut vegetables into 1 inch thick slices, and lay on a roasting pan lined with parchment. Brush olive oil over each vegetable and sprinkle with salt.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.  To roast the kale, wash and remove stem, tearing leaves into large pieces. drizzle with olive oil and massage to coat the leaves. Spread onto a parchment lined pan and roast for 10 minutes until softened and slightly crisp.

To make the chimichurri sauce, blend together one bunch each of chopped parsley and cilantro, a couple stems of mint, a teaspoon of dried oregano, 1/2 cup olive oil, and the juice of one lime, 1 teaspoon each of coconut aminos and cider vinegar and one clove of garlic. Blend this until smooth.  Spoon this over the rice and vegetables.  This sauce can also be used as a dip or sandwich spread, or added to soups and dressings to ramp up the flavor.

Varying the vegetables and substituting millet, quinoa, buckwheat groats, and even oats cooked in a broth will allow you to make this dish with what you might have on hand, while keeping the flavors fresh and the nutrients dense and filling.

I hope you enjoy this warming dish, which is full of antioxidant and immune boosting nutrients.